DeForest Kelley Overview:

Character actor, DeForest Kelley, was born Jackson DeForest Kelley on Jan 20, 1920 in Atlanta, GA. Kelley died at the age of 79 on Jun 11, 1999 in Woodland Hills, CA .


Dark-haired, open-eyed, wry-mouthed American actor whose precise features could almost in their younger days have belonged to the hero of a puppet series. The son of a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, Kelley went to California as a teenager, obtaining minor theatre and radio work as an actor and singer (he can supposedly be spotted as one of the chorus of "stout-hearted men" in MGM's New Moon) and working as a lift-man to make ends meet. Roles in naval training films led to work in films in post-war years; he was briefly in leading roles, but his career was going nowhere as impassive gunmen in westerns when he signed on as TV's Doc "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek, a role which kept him busy on and off for almost 30 years.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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DeForest Kelley Facts
Of the four main "Star Trek" (1966) cast members (the others being William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan), he is the only one who never appeared in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964), "Twilight Zone" (1959) or "The Outer Limits" (1963).

He told close friends that he always felt more comfortable in westerns then he did in science fiction.

The oldest cast member of Star Trek.

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